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"Dine on the Deck" program begins Sept. 17

Dine on the Deck Square“Dine on the Deck," an initiative of the City of Del Mar and Del Mar Village Association, begins Sept. 17 for four straight Thursdays. Local residents are encouraged to bring their own tablecloths and a meal from one of Del Mar’s many eateries to enjoy at one of 16 tables on the Del Mar Civic Center courtyard, 1050 Camino del Mar. The Del Mar City Council on Sept. 8 approved Dine on the Deck as part of a package of COVID-19 business assistance initiatives.

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City Council approves business assistance measures

city seal SQUAREThe City Council on Sept. 8 approved a package of additional resources designed to assist small businesses, paying extra attention to those with indoor operations severely limited by the restrictions of COVID-19 public health orders.

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Face mask education and enforcement program begins

Lifeguard holds Mask On signTo keep Del Mar as a safe place for all to enjoy, the City has launched a face mask education and enforcement program.  

The program employs signage and an information campaign. On the enforcement side, Sheriff’s deputies are working partial shifts two days per week to patrol the beach, Seagrove and Powerhouse parks, Stratford Court, Camino del Mar, and other areas with high foot traffic.

Face covering requirements are spelled out in State and County public health orders. As established by the State and County, violations are prosecuted as misdemeanors and can be punishable with fines of up to $1,000 and jail sentences of up to 90 days, as determined by a judge.

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Flyers reference mask requirements in Public Health Orders 

thumbnail_image002As part of its education effort, the City of Del Mar has produced flyers that remind of face mask requirements contained in County of San Diego Public Health Orders. The notices send a clear message that the City of Del Mar takes public health orders very seriously so everyone can feel safe living, working and recreating in our community.

Download a color flyer (PDF)

Download a black-and-white flyer (PDF)

New operating hours at City Hall

Remote service is available Monday through Thursday. In-person service remains closed by COVID-19.


Monday through Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m (remote service only)


Monday through Thursday
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m (remote service only)


Monday through Thursday
1 to 5:30 p.m. (remote service only)

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Rules at beach and parks

LG thumbs upVisitors to City parks and beaches spread out towels and chairs, unfurl an umbrella and just, plain relax.

Requirements for face coverings and social distancing, however, remain in place.

Powerhouse and Seagrove parks are open. So are the City’s tennis courts at 21st and Court streets.

In Del Mar, beach and park rules align with County protocols. Face coverings are required whenever social distancing is not possible. Visitors should keep their distance from anyone who is not a household member.

The tot lot at Powerhouse Park remains closed but restrooms are open.

Surf fishing is permitted.

Summer rules are in place for dogs.

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Del Mar Civic Center closed to the public

Del Mar Civic CenterTo reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Del Mar Civic Center is closed to the public for in-person business until further notice.

Contact Us

Call: 858-755-9313
Public Works after-hours emergency line: 858-756-1126

Pay utilities by phone or online

Call: 855-385-9410 (toll free)

Public gatherings

In keeping with guidance from County and State authorities, all public gatherings are cancelled or restricted. 


Basic prevention practices:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly – for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • If you feel sick, stay home (or go home if you start to feel ill during the workday). Inform your supervisor.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose completely with a tissue or the inside of your elbow and look away from others.
  • When you use tissues, immediately throw them in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you become ill and have reason to suspect COVID-19 (suspect contact with infected individual or have been in a location known to be experiencing community spread), call your health care provider before reporting to health care facility.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that has 60% alcohol or higher.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • No shaking hands. Simply give a “hi” sign and explain that you’re doing your part to prevent the spread of germs. People will understand.

We’re prepared

City executives are prepared to activate Del Mar’s Continuity of Operations Plan, which identifies how essential services such as public safety, water, street maintenance and wastewater will continue without interruption if certain employees are unable to work. Within City departments, employees are cross-trained to perform the duties of colleagues.

The City also is prepared to activate its Emergency Operations Center if so directed by public safety authorities. In November, City staff members and public safety personnel activated the center for a half-day training exercise. At present, the County of San Diego has activated its Emergency Operations Center at the lowest level to support public health in the region.

Health emergencies are included in preparedness plans employed by Del Mar’s first responders and other City departments.

We’re informed

Del Mar officials participate in regular conference calls with the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency to track COVID-19 developments. HHSA, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, monitors and responds to suspected cases in the region.

CDC guidance for seniors and at-risk groups

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID019 should stock up on supplies, stay home and take other basic precautions.

Open the CDC webpage for people at higher risk 

Water supply not threatened

Residents can be confident that coronavirus is not threatening the quality or supply of the Del Mar’s potable tap water.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and is not transmitted through treated water supplies but when people make contact with particles contained in respiratory droplets of an infected person. The virus can be airborne and also can be transmitted by making contact with contaminated surfaces such as door handles and counter tops.

But it doesn’t live in our drinking water. Throughout the region, public water supplies remain safe after robust treatment processes employed by local and regional water providers. The federal Environmental Protection Agency recommends that Americans consume tap water as usual. 

How the San Diego County Water Authority keeps our drinking water safe


Face covering video thumbnailHow to make a washable, reusable face mask, no sewing required

hand washingCounty News Center: How to Wash Your Hands Correctly

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